WHO’S MINDING THE STORE?
1963, Paramount, 90 min, USA, Dir: Frank Tashlin

Director Frank Tashlin’s background in cartoons made him a perfect fit for Jerry Lewis’ knockabout comedy; this hilarious film is a highlight of both their careers. Hapless Norman Phiffier (Lewis) and rich girl Barbara Tuttle (Jill St. John) are in love, but the young woman’s mother (Agnes Moorehead) disapproves, and puts her daughter’s suitor through the gauntlet at the department store she owns in an effort to get rid of him.


THE NUTTY PROFESSOR
1963, Paramount, 107 min, USA, Dir: Jerry Lewis

With one swig of his magic potion, Jerry Lewis is transformed from meek college professor into the God of Mutant Swingers - Buddy Love! A few critics saw Lewis’ performance as a sharp dig at old partner Dean Martin (The Hollywood Reporter winked, “There’s more than a dram of vinegar in this portrayal of the glib, flip, guzzling hipster.”) Be sure to check out Love’s den of unearthly delights, the Purple Pit, and grrrr-oove to the swanky sounds of Les Brown and His Band of Renown. With Stella Stevens.


IT’S A MAD, MAD, MAD, MAD WORLD
1963, Park Circus/MGM, 162 min, USA, Dir: Stanley Kramer

Milton Berle, Sid Caesar, Edie Adams, Spencer Tracy, Buddy Hackett, Ethel Merman, Mickey Rooney, Dick Shawn, Dorothy Provine, Phil Silvers, Jonathan Winters, Don Knotts, Peter Falk, Terry-Thomas, Carl Reiner, Jerry Lewis and many more star in the story of a group of average, upstanding Americans who are given the key to locating $350,000 in stolen bank loot - and resort to every form of lying, deceit and double-crossing in their manic cross-country chase to retrieve it!


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